Baby’s Crib Sheet and Laundry

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Baby’s Crib Sheet Saving Tip

Linda P. writes:

Are you tired of changing the entire bed every time the baby has a ‘leak’? Just put a small waterproof pad on top of the crib sheet and then cover it with a small (home made) fleece blanket. Fleece is easy to use since it wicks away moisture and can be cut easily without needing to be sewn. Make sure the fleece is wide enough to tuck tightly into the sides of the crib. The next time the baby needs a dry diaper and pajamas, you won’t have to change the entire bed – just pull of the fleece and waterproof pad, put a clean one down and your done! Also, you don’t have to spend money on expensive crib bedding!!

We did this with all four kids and it was a LIFESAVER!!! It helped cut down on the laundry so much that it was really worth it!

Just a side note I thought you might like to hear. When I was talking to my great-grandmother who raised 2 kids during the Dust Bowl (They were right in the middle of the Dust Bowl in Baca County, Colorado.) I asked her how she washed diapers with so much dust around? She said, “I didn’t. I just let the wet ones dry over the chairs or on a rope in the house and put them back on when they were dry. I only washed out the pooped ones.” We think we have it so bad now! LOL



What you said is so true Linda. I rarely changed my babies’ sheets. I don’t know what I would have done without the waterproof pads and a little flannel blanket on top. So many people complain about all the laundry they have to do and ask how to save, but the best answer to that is to make less laundry, whether with babies or adults.

Also Tawra’s great grandma was one of the neatest, cleanest, have it together moms I knew. As a young mom I would so often compare myself to great grandma and how I never could keep things as clean as she did or stay on top of things. This above example shows, you my think your mom or grandma are super heroes (which is fine) but don’t be to hard on yourselves in comparing because they probably had messy houses and piles of laundry too with their first babies, you just can’t remember. By the time they figured out how to handle things better you were older and saw only the “end results” of their learning experiences.


Photo By: Jon Eben Field


  1. Mari says

    Just wanted to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for all the tips, as well as all of the encouraging things I read. I have people ask all the time “How do you do it?” I don’t know any different. I just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward ! And of course I’m ALWAYS looking for the best deals, money saving ideas etc.meany of which I find right here. I send links to your site out to everyone I know. To me it makes no difference how much you may have it always nice to save ! !
    Thanks Again, Mari

  2. says

    It is possible to wash baby mattresses. Just buy a spare and when the baby pees on it. You can wash it either in your bath tub or in the back yard. Baking soda and vodka really well. You must sun it. Sunning it get rids of any remaining odors!

  3. Wandy says

    When my son was an infant I received a pack of chux pads like the use at the hospital. I put a sheet on the mattress and covered it with a chux pad, plastic side down. I proceeded to layer the sheets and pads until I ran out of sheets. When the bedding got messy I just removed the top sheet and pad. It was terrific and my son a 35 week premie stayed very comfortable.

  4. Wandy says

    Oops, you have to start with a chux pad, plastic side down, to use all the sheets. They sell these at Wal-mart type stores. I’d say use the cheapest, whether they’re a puppy wee wee pad, or a regular hospital type pad.

  5. says

    When my children were infants I went to the fabric store and bought a couple of yards of flannel-backed rubber sheeting. I cut these into mats for the crib. I laid them on top of their sheet, and would place the baby so that his upper body and head were above the rubber mats (so he/she wouldn’t get so sweaty in the night). The mats caught any leaks, and could be quickly removed and replaced. I never covered up the mats with another sheet or blanket, as they had a flannel backing adhered to the rubber.

    These mats were also handy for diaper changes on the floor, traveling diaper change mats, and now one is in use as an indoor back door mat. They’re washable and highly durable. Still have two of them.

  6. Ashley says

    I just wanted to add something about using fleece. You have to prepare it in order to get it to wick properly. New fleece usually has something on the outside that makes liquids slide off of it. You have to wash it (w/ mild detergent) and dry it (with no fabric softener or dryer sheets) at least three times to remove this. Test the fleece by laying a towel on the floor and then laying the fleece over that and pouring water on it. If the water sits on top of the fleece then its not ready. Once you do this and the water sinks through the fleece to the towel then you’re good to go. :)

  7. Mary Jane says

    When my kids were really small, money was tight and I had only a miniature washing machine and dryer, I discovered something quite by accident. I had an older, but still very serviceable well padded comforter for the double bed that was in need of being laundered. This required me to go to town, and spend money on the oversize washer in the Laundromat, and it was a few more dollars than I had at the moment. I decided to just air out the comforter on a fence outside, and perhaps freshen it up a bit, until payday, when I could take it to town. Well, in the course of the day, it poured rain, and by the time I remembered it, it was soaked. So it had to hang outside an extra day or two, until the rain stopped, and the comforter thoroughly dried. Reluctantly, I went to gather the thing in, as I was wondering where I would store it until I got to town. To my amazement, the comforter, all of it, smell sweeter and fresher than if I had put it in the washer. Even the stains, and smells from the stains were gone from the combination of rain and plain ordinary sunshine. I have often wondered if our grandmothers washed a rug or two, or heavy blanket in the same way in their day.

    • says

      I love it when it rains on my clothes a little while they are hanging outside. Not only does it give them a nice smell but they are much softer too. I also like to catch rain water when it rains real hard or go sit in the rain and get my hair wet because it feels like silk when it drys. That too is part of the reason you read in old books why they laid the laundry on dew covered grass to dry.

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